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Q. My cat always breathes like this: twitchy movement in her belly and chest and a slight wheezy sound coming from her nose. Is she okay?

Answered By
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM

A. If your kitty has wheezes coming from the nose and not the lungs then this is a sign of chronic rhinitis. Many cats have this due to previous viral infections that have permanently affected the nasal turbinates which in turn causes wheezing sounds. As long as your pet is not in respiratory distress (can't catch her breath, open mouth breathing) or has any significant amount of nasal discharge then she will compensate normally with no detriment to herself.

And as always for peace of mind, it is always recommended to have a veterinarian listen to the lungs and airway to confirm suspicions of chronic rhinitis. If things progress with the rhinitis there are treatment options you can discuss with your veterinarian.


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